Online Resources to Help Teach Cybersafety
A variety of organizations provide resources online intended to both educate students about using the Internet safely, and offer professional development tools for K12 educators that help with relevant instruction, leading class discussions and integrating the topic into their existing curriculum. Here are just a few examples.
CyberSmart! Education Company
Curriculum is free; workshop fees vary
The CyberSmart organization offers resources for teaching cybersafety with a focus on developing 21st-century skills. They include a free curriculum made up of stand-alone Internet safety lessons designed to integrate into any coursework, as well as online multimedia professional development workshops for educators to learn effective techniques on teaching about and discussing online issues.
EasyTech Online Safety
$10 per student annually
New curriculum from Learning.com is available in units for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, and provides interactive lessons, discussions and activities for integrating Internet safety instruction into core content. A journaling feature enables teachers to dialog with students online, and a district-level reporting tool lets administrators know what specific cybersafety content students have learned.
Internet Keep Safe Coalition
Free; some materials available with education discount
iKeepSafe is a nonprofit organization providing classroom resources for elementary students, which include storybooks, worksheets and games based around the cartoon character Faux Paw, and resources for high school classroom discussions based around the Internet safety film from Comcast entitled Student Voices: Cyberbullying. Additional resources include PowerPoint presentations for school assemblies and professional development materials for teachers leading small group discussions.
Internet Safety and You
Infinite Learning Lab
Internet Safety and You is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Office of Attorney General and the Professor Garfield Foundation, the educational nonprofit started by cartoonist Jim Davis. The site provides free cybersafety resources for students featuring the iconic cat Garfield, as well as educator tools including a learning management platform for assessing progress at the student, school or district levels, and teaching strategies and techniques for implementing each lesson.
The i-SAFE foundation offers districts a comprehensive curriculum of online lessons available on a subscription basis that emphasize cooperative student learning activities about avoiding dangerous, inappropriate or unlawful online activities. The organization also offers a professional development program, with workshops available either online or in person, that certifies teachers as district i-SAFE curriculum trainers, as well as a similar program to train students as i-Mentors, who lead cybersafety discussions and activities with their peers.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
A collection of free resources produced by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Netsmartz provides a variety of free educator materials. They include PowerPoint presentations with videos, statistics and expert advice tailored for a primary or secondary student audience, as well as grade-specific online games, activities and lesson plans for integration in classroom discussions.
Stay Safe Online
National Cyber Security Alliance
The NCSA has compiled K12 resources from around the Web and organized them according to its “three pillars” philosophy of teaching Internet literacy: cybersecurity, which focuses on avoiding spam and viruses; cybersafety, or teaching students how to avoid online predators; and cyberethics, or teaching appropriate and respectful behavior and the consequences of cyberbullying. Resources include links to games, quizzes, videos, professional development tutorials and more.
This national volunteer organization has created a database of cybersafety resources focused on developing critical thinking skills concerning Internet use, and intended to be easily integrated into an information technology literacy curriculum by teachers or librarians. They include free Flash videos, PowerPoint presentations and classroom lessons to help teachers discuss topics such as spam, viruses, cyberbullying, discerning the validity of Internet information, and the dangers of posting personal information online.